From Samarkand to the Valley of the Sun: The History and Culture of the Bukharan Jews

May 1, 2022 Phoenix Free
Photo of a group of Bukharan Jews
Courtesy of ASU Hillel

A fascinating aspect of Phoenix-area Jewry is its substantial population of Bukharan Jews, the largest in North America after that of New York City’s Queens. Hailing from Central Asia (today’s Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan), where they resided for over 1500 years, the Bukharan Jews form a distinctive, tight-knit community with rich linguistic, musical, and culinary traditions.

Despite their presence here in the Valley, there has thus far been little opportunity to learn about their history and culture, including the story of when and why so many of them have come here. This event aims to address this situation, promoting awareness and analysis of the Bukharan Jewish experience among both the Jewish community and general public.

Through academic lectures, the performance of traditional music and dance, and the opportunity to sample Bukharan food, this program will cast welcome light on a neglected aspect of the local Jewish scene. Come meet and learn about the Bukharan Jews!

Traditional, kosher Bukharan food, from Cafe Chenar, will be available for purchase by reservation only.

Program subject to change

To learn more about this event, please click HERE.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Beth El Congregation
1118 W Glendale Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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